February 7th

In 2009 I contributed a project to Sound Diaries awkwardly titled Unspectacular February. We had just published a series of recordings from the first minute of 2009 full of fireworks, excitement, and new beginnings and so it seemed like we should follow this up with something from the everyday business of being. The result was a series of one minute recordings capturing the everyday activities of the kitchen – the sound of the dishwasher, kettle, fridge, toaster, cutlery drawer, microwave and the more distant sounds of the house – television from the next room, footsteps upstairs, the washing machine in the shed. I thought that I should mark the passing of ten years by doing this again. I’m in a different kitchen now but many of the objects are still the same.

Here’s the seventh recording of unspectacular february. There’s actually quite a lot going on here. Running water, a precariously perched laptop playing a pathology-lab-based-drama to itself, the cat looking for food and more. Not spectacular, but quite intense!

(February 7th 2019 the cat, running water, silent witness)